All Hope But No Glory for Arsene's "Boys"

Samuel Mensah@@MensahBoGAnalyst IMarch 29, 2010

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 27: Kevin Phillips of Birmingham City scores the equaliser much to the dismay of Sol Campbell of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Birmingham City and Arsenal at St. Andrews Stadium on March 27, 2010 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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So much promise, so much hope, yet is it enough? Experience, strength, and personnel are things I'd rather see.

This Arsenal team have surprised many including myself to still be in the title race but is this because of the way we have played or because of the way Chelsea and Man United haven't?

Arsenal boast the easiest run in for the title out of the top three, but why has every game been a struggle thus far?

Stoke, Hull, and West Ham were games won in the end, but not all was smooth sailing.

No game is easy in the Prem, but this is the time in the season when the top teams should be bulldozing the mediocre ones in order to lift the coveted trophy.

We have seen it from Man U and Chelsea teams of past seasons and of course Arsenal have done the same in the past.

However in recent seasons due to injuries and lack of personnel, Arsenal's weak point tends to be this part of the season where the kids just fall away.

Arsenal can still go on an unbeaten run until the end of the season, but the performances haven't been our strongest. Stoke was last 10 minutes, Hull was last minute and West Ham was West Ham.

Then comes the Birmingham game that I could see coming a mile off. Wenger decided to rest players, noticeably Samir Nasri; this was of immediate concern when I saw the team sheet.

He is currently the Arsenal player on best form at the moment. Saying that, I would believe the team that were put out to play would still be able to get a win.

The first half was a stalemate and had little incident. The second half would have been the same if not for Nasri.

As against Hull, I couldn't help but think that Birmingham deserved something from the game and they did get it in the end.

I'm not one to dislike professional footballers but Almunia is one of them. He is a disgrace and should never have been Arsenal's No. 1. If Wenger does not buy a better keeper in the summer, I will be furious.

The goal he let in was just poor keeping, and to his defence the defending in front of him was woeful. I remember saying during the West Ham game that it doesn't matter how many penalties he saves, he is just not good enough.

The same with little Denilson. I have never seen a player spend so much time on the floor. Against Hull, he was constantly being out muscled and tackled, he is simply not ready for the big league.

My attention now turns to Eduardo. Poor Eduardo, before the horrific injury he obtained this guy was on top of his game and full of confidence, being rated as one of the best finishers in the Prem.

Since, however, it is clear to me he has become like Bambi on ice. He doesn't make the right runs, he doesn't attack the ball, and worst of all he cannot finish. Even Bendtner looks better than him.

At least one of those two need to go. It is time for Arsene to display his ruthless streak, we are not a mid table side for mid table players we are are top three, ex champions, who have done it and need to do it again.

Poor Ramsey, a shoo-in to replace Denilson because he was tougher and more inventive. What a miss he is I believe. He had a desire on the pitch that many could learn from at Arsenal, but now that will be limited to the treatment table.

Talking of desire, I don't know whether to respect Arsharvin or slap him for his words. A few days after the West Ham game, he spoke to a Russian Magazine stating that Arsenal will not win anything whilst there is no experience or no big stars at the club.

This is the truth and I welcome it, as Wenger has had numerous chances to bolster the squad; however, a player in his position should not be saying these things.

It is alright for me to say such things, but not for a player who is in this squad challenging for the league and CL trophies. Some things are better left unsaid.

That kind of thing does not help morale amongst the players you play with, however true they may be. Arsharvin is an enigma for me because he will go missing in games for 89 minutes but finally do something spectacular for 1 minute.

He has not been consistent enough but he proves his own beliefs by being one of our big names and by producing in big games, or when no one else will.

I end in saying that Arsenal can still do this, amazing given that we have never truly peaked this season.

Personally, we have been OK but not great with our best moments coming near the beginning when Van Persie was on fire, after the Man U and Man City defeats, but before the Chelsea humiliation and the return fixture by Man U.

See my point? We still have Spurs and City to go.

We can do it, but will we?

All we can do is hope.


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